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Streamlining Your Energy Consumption with Power Factor Correction and Monitoring System

Streamlining Your Energy Consumption with Power Factor Correction and Monitoring System


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Power factor correction (PFC) is a technique used to improve the power factor of AC circuits by reducing the reactive power present in the circuit. The goal of PFC is to increase the efficiency of the circuit and reduce the current drawn by the load . Generally, capacitors and synchronous motors are used in circuits to reduce the inductive elements (and hence the reactive power). These techniques are not used to increase the amount of true power, only to decrease the apparent powe. In other words, it reduces the phase shift between voltage and current. So, it tries to keep the power factor near to the unity. The most economical value of the power factor is between 0.9 to 0.95 1. The power factor correction equipment reduces inductive elements and current drawn from the source. It results in an efficient system and prevents the loss of electrical energy .



The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with sensors, software, and connectivity, which enables them to collect and exchange data. IoT can improve energy efficiency in various ways. For example, smart grids use IoT and several other ICT to provide better energy efficiency. Smart grids facilitate distributed generation, in which energy can be generated at any place, stored when excess energy is produced, and also connects with the other grids. This is essential for smart cities. IoT can also be used to monitor and control the power factor and energy consumption of various loads. For instance, a recent paper by Madhiarasan describes an automatic power factor correction (APFC) system and energy monitoring using IoT techniques and a mobile application, to improve power quality, reduce energy loss and penalty, and enhance user convenience. The proposed system uses a Raspberry Pi, a capacitor bank, a relay driver, a zero cross detector, a web server, and a mobile app to achieve these goals. In summary, IoT can help to achieve energy efficiency by enabling better monitoring, control, and management of energy systems .


  1. Security: IoT devices are vulnerable to cyber attacks, hacking, data theft, and unauthorized access 12. Lack of encryption, insufficient testing and updating, weak credentials, and login details are some of the security challenges of IoT.

  2. Interoperability: IoT devices use diverse protocols and technologies that create complex configurations, which can lead to compatibility issues and limited guidance for life cycle maintenance and management of IoT devices.

  3. Power consumption: IoT devices require power to operate, and their batteries need to be recharged or replaced frequently, which can be inconvenient and costly.

  4. Privacy: IoT devices collect and exchange data, which can be sensitive and personal, raising concerns about privacy and data protection.

  5. Standards: IoT devices lack universal standards, which can lead to fragmentation, complexity, and interoperability issues.

These are just a few examples of how IoT can be used to improve various aspects of our lives. The potential of IoT is vast, and it is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.



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  • Design of an IoT Powered APFC System and Energy Monitoring: This is the title of the paper by Madhiarasan, published in Wireless Personal Communications in 2023.

  • Motivation and Objectives: The paper aims to develop an automatic power factor correction (APFC) system and energy monitoring using IoT techniques and a mobile application, to improve power quality, reduce energy loss and penalty, and enhance user convenience.

  • Proposed Design Framework: The paper describes the hardware and software components of the proposed system, which uses a Raspberry Pi, a capacitor bank, a relay driver, a zero cross detector, a web server, and a mobile app to monitor and control the power factor and energy consumption of various loads.

  • Experimental Results and Discussion: The paper presents the experimental results of the proposed system for different load scenarios and time periods, and compares them with and without power factor correction. The paper also validates the system performance for real-time load fluctuation cases. The paper claims that the proposed system achieves significant improvement in power factor, energy efficiency, and user-friendliness.

By Manoharan Madhiarasan & Microsoft Bing, Subscribe for more, thanks!

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